Player Ratings: Rangers 0-1 Celtic

By David Walton

December 8, 2019

Celtic won 10 trophies-in-a-row today as they overcame Rangers to win the Betfred Cup with a superb 1-0 win today.

Christopher Jullien’s glorious second-half strike was enough to down Steven Gerrard’s side. Despite playing the vast majority of the match with 10 men, the Hoops still showed their character to ensure they took home yet another cup.

Christopher Jullien’s goal downed Steven Gerrard’s Rangers (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Here, we take a look at the player-ratings on what was a simply beautiful day to be a Celtic fan.

Fraser Forster – 10

A hero in every sense of the word today. Made several stunning first half stops then did the same in the second half. His penalty save was crucial in a stunning individual display. 10 out of 10 for one of the best goalkeeping displays you’ll see!

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Jeremie Frimpong – 7

Call us generous, but the youngster had Ryan Kent in his back pocket before his sending off. He was put in an unfortunate situation with Jullien’s clearance coming off Ajer, but his judgment call saw him sent off. One of the few who managed pass marks in the first half.

Kristoffer Ajer – 8

Captain-like performance today. Managed to win plenty of individual battles with Morelos as he frustrated the Ibrox striker to perfection. Couldn’t get much going in an attacking sense given the nature of the game.

Christopher Jullien – 9

Superman Chris! Our big-money signing produced when we needed him to. A sensational finish from the free-kick as he fired low beyond McGregor. Kept things simple on the ball and didn’t give Morelos much of a sniff throughout the game. His clearance came off Ajer for the penalty.

Jonny Hayes – 7

Jonny Hayes put in a solid shift at left-back (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Always tried to find space in the first half to hit a man in the final third. His overlaps caused some problems despite having nobody to hit with his final ball. Soldiered on like a warrior despite struggling with a knock.

Scott Brown – 8

Slow first half but most of that was down to nobody being able to hold the ball up in the final third. Came into the game more in the second half and provided a layer of composure when we needed him to.

Callum McGregor – 7

A more quiet performance from McGregor but he provided us with some relief in a first half where we needed it. Switched the ball from side to side well as we tried to find some space to attack. Always a reliable stalwart on the big occasion, and proved to be once again here.

James Forrest – 5

Sorry Jimmy, but we couldn’t really see you! Not one of his more blockbuster performances. Could’ve provided more support for Frimpong when he darted down the right side in the first half. Couldn’t really get into the game and was the victim from the Frimpong red card as he was hooked after the hour.

Ryan Christie – 9

What a runner and what a Celtic man. Like everyone he struggled to get into the game in the first half. Improved significantly after the introduction of Odsonne Edouard. Ran for his life when we went down to 10 men and won us some crucial throw-ins and free-kicks. Worked just as hard as anyone else on the pitch.

Mohamed Elyounoussi – 5

Mohamed Elyounoussi just couldn’t get into the game(Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hooked at half-time after not getting any joy in the opening 45. Won a few headers to try and get Morgan into the game and push us up the pitch. Wasn’t quick enough on the ball and often found himself crowded out. Perhaps surprisingly hooked at half-time over Morgan.

Lewis Morgan – 4

Out of his depth unfortunately. Just couldn’t get going in any sense and got no change from the Rangers centre-backs all game. Fand will have been wondering why he wasn’t taken off earlier. Didn’t do his first-team chances any favours today as he just wasn’t ready for a game of this magnitude.

THE SUBSTITUTES:

Mikey Johnston (6): Offered fresh legs at a crucial time and provided us with a real outlet in the second-half. Missed a glorious chance to wrap it up, but it didn’t matter in the end. Odsonne Edouard (6): Provided us with a proper focal point up top and won the free-kick that ultimately led to the goal. Clearly wasn’t fully-fit, but made a telling impact regardless. Nir Bitton (5): On for Forrest and helped shore up the defence. Some big headers to relieve the pressure and made his impact.